PCI Security Standards Council®

PCI Professional (PCIP)™ Qualification

The Payment Card Industry Professional is an individual, entry-level qualification in payment security information and provides you with the tools to build a secure payment environment and help your organization achieve PCI compliance. This renewable career qualification is not affected by changes in employment assignments and stays in effect as long as the individual continues to meet program requirements. This three-year credential also provides a great foundation for other PCI qualifications.

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Right for you if…

You are an information security/technology, compliance/risk/governance, audit/finance, e-commerce, or product development professional; or marketing or sales professional who develop or sell payments-oriented products.

Course Details

Course Description

This course outlines the PCI Standards and provides you with the tools to build a secure payments environment and help your organization achieve PCI compliance. Course highlights include:

  • Principles of PCI DSS, PA-DSS, PCI PTS, and PCI P2PE Standards
  • Understanding of PCI DSS requirements and intent
  • Overview of basic payment industry terminology
  • Understanding the transaction flow
  • Implementing a risk-based prioritized approach
  • Appropriate uses of compensating controls
  • Working with third-parties and service providers
  • How and when to use Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQs)
  • Recognizing how new technologies affect the PCI (e.g. virtualization, tokenization, mobile, cloud)

How to Prepare

Prior to taking the PCIP training and/or exam, candidates should familiarize themselves with information regarding the PCI Standards and supporting documents by reviewing materials found in the document library on the PCI SSC website. Specifically, please thoroughly read the most current version of the PCI DSS.

Training and Exam

PCI Professional (PCIP) course content is delivered in two formats:

  • Online eLearning
  • Instructor-led classes delivered by an authorized PCI Global Training Network (PGTN) provider

eLearning

This self-paced six-hour eLearning course offers:

  • Flexible scheduling 24/7/365
  • Learn from your home or office
  • Reduced travel costs and time away from work
  • Provides individuals in any country an opportunity to train for and take the exam at their convenience and at a location close to home or work.

You will receive a link to access the eLearning course. You will have 90 days from the day you receive the link to complete the course and take the exam. You will also receive a separate email from Pearson VUE with credentials and complete instructions on how to schedule your exam.

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Instructor-led

Engaging and effective, this one day of classroom-style instruction provides:

  • Ability to focus on curriculum in classroom setting
  • Learn directly from an authorized PGTN trainer
  • Interaction with instructor and fellow classmates

You have 30 days from the conclusion of the course to take the exam, for which you will also receive a separate email from Pearson VUE with credentials and complete instructions on how to schedule your exam.

Exam-only Option

If you choose the exam only option, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE and have 30 days from receipt of the email to schedule and complete the exam.

About the exam

Students will take the qualification exam at a Pearson VUE Testing Center. Click here for listing of testing centers. The student will receive a voucher number to be redeemed in Pearson VUE's online registration system; testing location and time are selected by the student.

The student will have 90 minutes to complete a 60 question multiple choice exam at their chosen Pearson VUE Testing Center. The exam must be completed in one sitting and must be taken within 30 days of the candidate being given the information on how to schedule the exam. No electronic devices may be used during the exam. This is a closed book exam.

Should a candidate fail the exam the first time, s/he will be allowed to retake the exam up to three times (an exam retake fee will apply for each attempt). If the candidate fails three times, s/he will have to wait six months before re-applying – and will be strongly encouraged to take the PCIP training course.

Note: It is highly recommended that candidates take the optional PCIP eLearning or PGTN Instructor-Led Training course prior to taking the qualification exam.

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Prerequisites

Candidates for PCIP qualification must have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an IT or IT related role and must possess a base level of knowledge and awareness of information technology, network security and architecture, and the payment industry.

ISA/QSA Opt-in

Internal Security Assessors (ISAs) and Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) in good standing may choose to add the individual PCIP qualification to recognize their already proven level of expertise. This accreditation is available to ISAs and QSAs through registration with PCI SSC. Once you register and pay the opt-in fee you will simply have to complete the online application which includes uploading a signed Attestation and agreeing to the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Complete and Submit an Application

First, review the PCIP Qualification Requirements to confirm that you have the necessary experience and skillset to apply for this program.

Next, determine if you’ll be enrolling in the eLearning training course, an Instructor-Led Training (delivered by a PGTN provider), or if you’d prefer to just take the exam. Then complete the short registration form online. Once the registration is reviewed you will receive an invoice via email and when payment is received, you will receive your login credentials to complete the full PCIP online application.

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eLearning Registration Fees

Fee Category
Non-Participating Organization
Participating Organization**
Fee Category: PCIP eLearning Training Course - includes access to eLearning course and ability to take the exam once – also includes first three years of qualification, account maintenance and listing.
Non-Participating Organization: $2395
Participating Organization**: $1495
Fee Category: PCIP Exam Only – for those who opt not to take the training course. This allows access to take the exam once – also includes first three years of qualification, account maintenance and listing.
Non-Participating Organization: $1495
Participating Organization**: $850
Fee Category: PCIP Exam Retake Fee
Non-Participating Organization: $150
Participating Organization**: $150
Fee Category: Requalification Fee - assessed after the first three year period and every three years thereafter (includes training and exam)
Non-Participating Organization: $250
Participating Organization**: $250
Fee Category: Requalification Fee - assessed after the first three year period and every three years thereafter (exam only)
Non-Participating Organization: $150
Participating Organization**: $150
Fee Category: QSA & ISA Initial Opt-In Fee (includes first three years of qualification, account maintenance and listing)
Non-Participating Organization: $250
Participating Organization**: $250
Fee Category: QSA & ISA Requalification Fee - assessed after the first three year period and every three years thereafter
Non-Participating Organization: $150
Participating Organization**: $150

Please note: Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in US Dollars. All course fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. Payment is required prior to beginning the course. Course conducted in English. Examination delivered in English.
**Become a Participating Organization and SAVE up to 60% on PCIP training fees. Learn more about becoming a Participating Organization.

Requalification

In order to maintain the high standards set for this qualification, all PCIPs must requalify every three years to continue to maintain their status and be listed on the PCI website.

Requalification requirements help ensure that PCIPs remain current with technical and industry changes and demonstrate professionalism. To maintain active qualification status, PCIPs must:

  • Abide by the PCI SSC Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Pass the examination every three years (or maintain QSA employee or ISA qualification in good standing)
  • Pay the required requalification fee
    • Online refresher training available for an additional nominal charge
  • Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours
    • PCIP requalification candidates must have a minimum of 10 CPE hours per year and 30 CPE hours over a rolling three year period. (QSA and ISA assessors are required to earn and report CPEs as specified in their respective programs.)
    • Training provided by PCI SSC will count towards the annual CPE hours.
    • Click here for information on activities that qualify for CPE hours.

Upcoming courses

In addition to the eLearning format available 24/7, the Council's PCI Global Training Network (PGTN) provider will hold instructor-led classes in various locations worldwide.

2016 PGTN Course Schedule

Date
Time
Location
Date: 22-23 Aug
Time: 09:00-17:30
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Date: 24-25 Oct
Time: 09:00-17:30
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 21-22 Nov
Time: 09:00-17:30
Location: Manama, Bahrain
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Group Training Option

If you have a group to train, please consider our Corporate Group Training instructor-led option, where an expert PCI instructor comes to your facility (or any location you choose) to deliver the course. We offer volume discounts - the more you train, the more you save! Please click below to learn more, or contact us now for a custom quote.

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